Bushes will not attend inauguration
January 18th, 2013
09:18 PM ET
7 years ago

Bushes will not attend inauguration

(CNN) - Neither former President George H.W. Bush nor his son former President George W. Bush will attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Both attended Obama's first inauguration in 2009, when the younger Bush's second term ended. Former presidents often attend inaugurations and have prominent seats alongside legislators, Supreme Court justices and other dignitaries.

This will be the first inauguration that the elder Bush has missed since 1997, according to spokesman Jim McGrath. That year, former President Bill Clinton was sworn in for his second term.

The elder Bush was released on Monday from a Houston hospital, where he had spent more than a month after being admitted with bronchitis. He spent a week in intensive care as doctors treated a fever.

His doctor said Bush would continue to receive physical therapy as an outpatient. At age 88, he is the oldest living president and is four months older than former President Jimmy Carter.

Freddy Ford, a spokesman for the younger Bush, told CNN, "President and Mrs. Bush wish President Obama and his family all the best for a wonderful inaugural weekend." Ford did not say why Bush would not attend.

Obama will take the oath of office for his second term at noon Sunday, as is constitutionally required, at the White House. The ceremony at the Capitol will be held on Monday.

- CNN's Dave Alsup contributed to this report

Filed under: George H.W. Bush • George W. Bush
soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. Neutral

    If my 88 year old dad had just gotten out of the hospital, I wouldn't be there either.

    January 19, 2013 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  2. Anon

    Bush the Smarter has an excuse for not attending–not so with Shrub.

    January 19, 2013 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  3. Evelyn

    That is ashame. All of those sad soles thinks by all of them not showing up hurt him it don't and will not matter. Because he the first black is doing and has done a spectacular job. Bush only wish he could have had an ounce of intelligence. Boehner and his no brain dumb little followers have no clue of what they in Washington for. They are sOooOooo jelous this black man has more smart in his toe than all of his little peaons. They have tried everything in their to mack this president look bad and all of them including that clown face no ignorant D.Trump and that extra large nut that scare every thought of the non thinking lost soles on the radio they all need to go jump off the highest cliff. This president has run circles around all those nuts. So they need to get with the Obama program so they stop looking like large group of FOOlS!!!

    January 19, 2013 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  4. Don Jones

    GW heard it was a cash bar, so what's the point?

    January 19, 2013 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  5. ghost

    Life goes on. Maybe he wants to be with his dad.

    January 19, 2013 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  6. Solomon Walker

    Another Bushism to leave the American people (and the international community) wondering WHY they are not attending. At first blush it would appear to be the health of the elder Bush as the cause. However, GW isn't attending either.

    But – this certainly is reflective of how the American people are treated by sitting and retired presidents whose pensions we pay a dear price for.

    No worries for the rest of their lives, are there?

    Despite the fact that they didn't do anything worth bragging to your mother about. She did, though – on that social security check.

    So – I think I'll go visit my AMERICAN MOTHER on Inauguration Day and turn the television off.

    January 19, 2013 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Who cares!,,,

    January 19, 2013 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  8. lovemygirl

    Perhaps GW wants to be with GH rather than BO after his hospital stay?

    January 19, 2013 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  9. queenbee9

    Somebody check George on the way out–he looks like he was pilfering the silver.

    January 19, 2013 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  10. Plm931

    Thank goodness Little Bush is not coming. If i had to look at that weasel and his wife again i might barf.
    But I do wish Big Bush better health.

    January 19, 2013 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  11. Jerry

    Why should the Bush family attend this glitzy/expensive affair to be attended mostly by Obamalooneys performer wannabes and druggie friends and contributors from Hollywood and HIS butt kissing big business chummies. That would be like giving credibility to the Magic Kingdom president.

    Besides, Moochelle may have nothing to wear on that day!

    January 19, 2013 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  12. TennBob

    Why would anybody attend? Obama's presidency is another sad day for our country. It wouldn't be a thrill for me to see either George W. Bush, the worst president ever, or Obama, who is in the running to match Jimmy Carter as the most "do-nothing" president.

    Is there anybody on either side of the political spectrum who can be a "good"president for a change?

    January 19, 2013 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  13. DNA

    He shouldn't attend...a failed president doesn't belong on the stage next to Obama.

    January 19, 2013 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  14. Araminta Ross

    I'm glad Bush 43 is not going. The best place for him is to be with Bush 41. I'm getting ready to send 43 a thank you note to his Presidential Center in Dallas. I miss you President Bush, I really do.

    January 19, 2013 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  15. Gurgyl

    Good for this nation.

    January 19, 2013 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  16. Paul Price

    Are we sure George W was invited to the Inauguration? The RNC did not invite him to the Republican Convention in 2012

    January 19, 2013 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  17. silencedogood

    I wouldn't either.

    January 19, 2013 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  18. ED FL

    That is a Blessing. This Country has had enough Bushes to last us a lifetime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 19, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  19. J

    Will Matt Romney attend?

    January 19, 2013 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  20. Wake up People!

    Of course they won't. I wouldn't expect HW to since he has been gravely ill, but W probably doesn't want to lose his bigot card by being there. Or remind the world of how he fracked this country up. Don't worry neither will be missed.

    January 19, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  21. sick of republican phonies

    Bush the younger probably has some brush to clear at the ranch. It couldn't be that he is embarrassed to be one of the worst presidents of all time and is STILL in hiding, could it?

    January 19, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Its quite obvious why the younger buish's wont attend. Obama is black !

    January 19, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  23. Wayne Dudley

    Bush probably thinks this is another rnc, where he was not welcomed ! LOL

    January 19, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  24. mlb

    Bush Jr is the reason we are in the fiscal mess we are in. And who destroyed our reputation around the world I might add. Who needs him there. Wish we could just erase him from our history books

    January 19, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  25. Name lynn

    The bushes dont stop nothing anyway, but obama is a kind man. We will see obama on tv best wishes to you an michell an family.

    January 19, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
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